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Medullary Ray Furniture is Bespoke….but what exactly does bespoke mean?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Medullary Ray Furniture is Bespoke….but what exactly does bespoke mean?

Cabinet makers, Medullary Ray Furniture design, make and install a huge variety of furniture from kitchens, staircases, fitted wardrobes, tables, benches, front doors, bathroom cabinets, study furniture, to name just some of the pieces we have produced in the last year. Despite the variation in size, cost, materials used, colour, finish, they all have one thing in common they are all ‘bespoke’.

But we are often asked, especially at the start of a commission “What does bespoke actually mean?” Does it mean
High end?

Well NO to all of the above.

Bespoke means LIMITLESS – which means each piece is uniquely made to the exact requirements of the clients design wishes, made in the materials they prefer, finished the way they like, painted in the colour they select and most importantly all of the above is made to fit the exact space which will be it’s new home in the client’s house. On the other hand mass produced, off the shelf furniture is restricted in size, style, materials, finish and colour making it harder to fit the space it is intended for and harder to meet the design requirements of the client.

Bespoke furniture takes time to make approximately 8-12 weeks on average in our workshop, it will be more expensive than mass produced furniture, but you are getting much more for it, you are getting a piece of furniture made of high quality materials which means it has been made to last, so it can be appreciated through the generations. Most importantly we source our timber through local timber merchants that all abide to the FSC standard (Forest Stewardship Council) which means that the timber we use is taken responsibly and ensures that the forests that it came from is taken care of as is the forests wildlife and people that call it home.

In a time when we are all becoming more aware of our environment and eager that new products are made to last to reduce unnecessary waste then bespoke furniture has a big role to play in the future of furniture making. The mass made, poorer quality furniture that gets thrown out after a few years may not be as popular in the future.

The best bit about buying a piece of bespoke furniture from us is you get involved in the whole process, you sign off the design, influence the style, choose the colour, you are welcome to pop into the workshop and see your vision become a reality, it is an interactive and exciting partnership form beginning to end.

Who works for Medullary Ray Furniture?

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Who works for Medullary Ray Furniture?

Stuart Pountney is the chief cabinet maker and owns the business. Stuart has been working as a successful cabinetmaker for 26 years, and there is little he cannot create out of wood. As well as being a very experienced cabinet maker he is a good designer and enjoys working with clients to bring their ideas to life. Although he likes designing his own pieces he happily works for Interior Designers and has a long-standing working relationship with Steven Curtis, BIID, a highly respected Interior Designer from Hampshire. Stuart loves being in his workshop creating beautiful fitted and free standing pieces of furniture and he particularly loves being near the New Forest which he finds inspiring.

Lisa Mcleod joined Medullary Ray furniture as a cabinet maker’s assistant last year. Lisa had run her own successful retail business before making the decision to retrain as a cabinet maker. After studying at Bournemouth & Poole College, where she achieved a distinction in Level 2 certificate in Furniture Making, Lisa joined Stuart in the workshop. In her time with us Lisa’s cabinet making skills and abilities have developed rapidly and Stuart and Lisa make a great workshop team.

Caroline Pountney, Stuart’s wife joined the Company more recently. Caroline used to run her own Human Resources consultancy business but decided to leave the HR world and put all her energy behind Stuart’s passion. Caroline deals with all the customers and suppliers, manages the workshop schedule and all the paperwork which is helping to streamline the business and most importantly it has freed up Stuarts time so he can devote all his time to designing and making.

After spending 26 years working in a male only cabinet making environment, Stuart is adjusting well to working in the predominantly female environment that exists at Medullary Ray Furniture!!

Medullary Ray Furniture Expands to New Workshop & Showroom in March 2017

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Medullary Ray Furniture Expands to New Workshop & Showroom in March 2017

We are expanding our existing premises into a new workshop and combined showroom, which should be ready in March 2017. The address is:-

Medullary Ray Furniture
Unit 3, Glendale Farm
Southampton Road
Wiltshire, SP5 2QW

Opening times will be:

Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturdays – by appointment only